Dreadnaught IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.01/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Three Floyds returns to western Wisconsin, and this one's high on my list to try. Tasted 15 February 2013.
Pours a mostly clear, medium-light golden orange. Half a finger of white head, good retention, fine lacing. Not bad.
Smell is nice, but I expect to be bowled over by hop aromas, and I'm not. Sweet, with candied fruit against a soft background of pine. I like what I'm getting, but it's faint, and I want more. As it warms, more tropical fruit emerges, juicy and sweet.
The taste of this beer is unlike any DIPA I've encountered. It's powerfully sweet, without the bitter blast. Tastes more like a hoppy barleywine than a DIPA, with the malts and the residual sugars dominating the flavor. I like it, but I'm struggling with that IPA label. Where's the bitter? It's there, though faint. On balance, the tastiness overrides the unconventional nature.
Feel is quite pleasant. Medium-bodied, sticky, with carbonation that pops and zips, rising and fading in a parabolic arc.
I like this beer. But it's not all that hoppy. I tend to like IPAs with a hefty malt bill to balance the hops, but this one is more malt-heavy than even I want. I like the beer, but the hop character isn't as potent as I want. Lots of "buts", which says a lot about it. It's really good; it could be a whole lot better.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2013 03:25:22 | More by zeledonia
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